There is a new restaurant in Prescott, Arizona called Kiyoshi Ramen 'N' More.
While we were working on her designs, I showed her a few of my paintings that I was working on. And she loved them so much that she asked me to exhibit my work in her restaurant when she opened, especially because they fit perfectly in her Hawaiian theme!
So flash forward 5 months, I now have new work on display at her restaurant!
And a collection of older work that is ocean related...kind of...
I'm very excited to share my work with her customers, for the next few months. If you are in the Prescott region, her restaurant is located at 1024 Willow Creek Rd, right next to the Safeway. Celeste and Guy are wonderful people, and their restaurant is a wonderful addition to the community.
The annual Theme exhibition for the Manhiem Gallery is here! This year's theme was "Art & Science," which is of course right up my alley. I have never participated in a juried exhibit at the Manheim gallery, but I thought this was one I couldn't pass up!
So I submitted three of my paintings - two new Volcano works, and a wildfire drawing/painting that has not been exhibited anywhere else, called Crackling. All three were accepted, and 'Awakening the Dragon' won 3rd place!
'Awakening the Dragon' and 'Earth's Lung breathing' fit perfectly into the Art & Science theme not only because of their subject matter (volcanology), but also because of their 3D quality. These paintings pop or as I like to imagine, erupt, when viewed through 3D glasses. The 3D glasses allow the eye to see the warm colors come forward, and the cool colors recede, giving a whole new experience for the viewer to see the painting and experience the volcanoes.
The 'Art & Science' exhibit is on display from March 19th through April 9th in Cottonwood, Arizona. So if you are in the area, be sure to stop in and see the paintings in 3D! The exhibit also includes 17 different local artists, all creating unique interpretations of how Art & Science interact. Definitely check it out if you can.
I've traveled to some beautiful places over the last couple of years...
And along the way... I've met some interesting characters...
These encounters - maybe random, maybe intentional - have been unique, special and inspiring. To have the chance to really meet the personality that lives inside a Big Horn sheep that grazes inches away from you. To accidentally trip over a tortoise (hey it happens)... or to feed an ostrich and pet a Harris Hawk... all of them remind you that the spirit of life is beyond our little reality we define as society, culture, or humanity. We share this planet with incredible creatures, all great and small, and we forget that. Sure we remember the dogs and cats we feed, but when was the last time we shared space with the wild without fear? Fear - from them, or fear from us.
That's the source of thought and inspiration behind a new collection of pastel drawings I'm exhibiting at the Verde Brewing Company this spring. The exhibit opens March 3rd for their first Art & Beer dinner.
Here are some of the drawings...